Math is like the Washington Post. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it, but what if you could? What if as a parent you could help make math fun thus helping your child learn more? There are so many different avenues when it comes to teaching kids new skills. From computer games to YouTube there are many ways to keep kids entertained while still learning.
When looking for alternatives to help with your child’s learning efforts you must consider all options. Here are a few things that I have found helpful when attempting to make math fun for grade-schoolers.
- Board games. Get creative! Kids in grade school love board games and there are so many games that are out there already that can help. Monopoly is a good way to not only teach about finances, but also how to think on your toes. Monopoly helps kids learn how to add and subtract in their head. It also keeps kids from realizing that they are actually learning while having fun.
- Flash/Memory cards. Many of learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes by using flash cards. Why reinvent the wheel? There are many resources that help keep it fun and interactive. For example. Aplusmath.com has a flash card game that kids can play. It helps them not only learn math, but also helps them remember what they learn through repetitive teachings.
- Create your own story book. Just like they have fairy tales why not incorporate some math. Get your child involved with the design and the storyline. This will not only keep your child interested, but it will also help them explore their imagination.
- Last, but not least, always motivate your child. Develop a point system as they grow in their math skills. Positive reinforcement is key; learning something new can often be discouraging. Make sure that you keep their confidence level up by keeping them positive.
At the end of the day learning something new is all about the approach. If you keep them motivated and interested there is nothing they can do!